Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Traveling Chicken - Oh, My!

Here I am not feeling my 'artistic' best and spending time instead of painting organizing the studio (for when I am back in full painting mode), when I see my calendar notation that the Traveling Chicken may come to my studio in late February.  Oh, my, it is late February.  So I checked the Traveling Chicken Blog at  to see where the little ceramic chicken might be on her journey. AND Yikes!  My studio is next on the list.  Little Miss Chicken is at Dawn Eaton's studio in Illinois, right NOW and then she will travel to ME in Florida.

Each artist on the list gets to keep Miss Chicken as their model for one week, add one painting to the Traveling Chicken Blog and then send her on to the next artist.  If she arrives next week, that means she will probably get to go with me to the Endodontic Clinic for a root canal; but she shouldn't be afraid, chickens (even ceramic ones) don't have teeth, so she is safe.  Or is she?
Then I will let her sit in the sun to relax before I put her to work modeling for an oil painting.

Stay tuned to my blog and you will see when she arrives and how well she does modeling in my studio.

Yours in art,

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Not Fencing today! ?

I am not painting today since it looks like a root canal might be in my future.  Many people who don't paint might not realize what physical and mental abilities are required to complete a painting.  When you are not up to par in either category (physical or mental) it is much more difficult to paint.

My studio is set up for me so I can stand up while I paint (which I prefer) and approach my canvas like a fencer.  Back and forth all day long until the painting is finished. I must admit this little tooth is making me too tired to do fencing (I mean - painting) today.  My brain is telling me my jaw hurts and I am tired, instead of telling me to make rapid decisions on my composition, color harmony, edge quality, values, paint application, and overall design as I paint.   Nothing seems to be happening rapidly today, so I will throw in the towel (brush) and pay some bills instead.

Stay healthy and warm everyone!